Posts in category "life drawing"

Video: My portable sketching kits collection

Being a mixed media artist, in my 15 years of sketching on the go I discovered that just one sketching kit doesn't fulfill all my creative needs. That's why I've developed not one, not two, not three, but five different sketching kits for every occasion, and I share them in this video:

The five kits are:

00:13 Minimal sketching kit
04:14 Basic sketching kit
07:02 Watercolor sketching kit
15:16 Study sketching kit
23:37 Travel sketching kit

For a text summary and a complete list of tools I mentioned in the video, read the article on my main blog: 5 types of portable sketching kits I use: watercolor, minimal, travel kit & more

In other news, I updated my sketchbooks comparison review post again with some new sketchbooks, and the table is now color-coded. I have some new interesting sketchbooks on my table at the moment, and when I get a chance to test them thoroughly, I'll add them to the post.

Urban sketching and seascapes: Moleskine watercolor sketchbook tour

I completed one of my sketchbooks that I started back in 2012 and recorded a video of me flipping through the sketchbook and talking about what I did, what art tools I used, what I was learning etc. I used it mainly for quick watercolor cityscapes, city vignettes, seascapes, doodles, and some mixed media experiments.

If you want to get a better look at the images, there are scans of some of the drawings on my main website: Seascapes and urban sketches 2012–2016.

And here are some additional sketches that I posted here:

P.S. I updated my sketchbooks comparison post with many additional sketchbooks I've had the pleasure of testing over the years. I discovered several new favorites, as well as many duds.

Sketchbook update: nature edition

I've found a few scans that I never published here, so I'm doing that today.

Stone arch - ink and watercolor sketch

This is a stone arch by the coffee shop in Kostrena, where I often go for a walk. Brush pen and watercolor sketch.
I cropped the right page because it's mostly empty.

Krk bridge - watercolor sketch

This is the bridge that connects my home island Krk with the land, viewed from the Kostrena beach.

Trees and grass near the beach - watercolor sketch

The last one was from a few days ago when I spent a couple of days hanging out on the beach in my hometown. I also have an instagram shot of the page spread where my boyfriend sketched some geometric patterns on the other page:

Sketchbook sharing - Nela's watercolor sketch on the left, David's pen sketch on the right


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Sketches from the vacation

Here are a few selected sketches from my recent vacation in my hometown.

Woman reading on the beach watercolor sketch

Pencil and watercolor in a small Moleskine watercolor notebook.

Palm tree ink and watercolor sketch

Brush pen and watercolor in a Canson sketchbook. The shadow is pretty terrible, I know.

Tomorrow, I'll post some fantasy sketches, yay!

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Sketching in the natural history museum

This is a stripped-down repost from my official blog. I have a few more days worth of sketches to post, which I'll do in the following few days.

Anyway, I was sketching taxidermied animals from life in the natural history museum.

Griffon vulture sketch

Griffon vulture pencil sketch, around 10 minutes.

Beech marten watercolor pencil sketch

Beech marten watercolor pencil sketch, around 15 minutes.

Red fox watercolor and ink sketch

Red fox watercolor and ink sketch, around 30 minutes.

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